New Performance ‘Rivers of our Being’ Folk Oratorio, November 1st 2018, Newcastle University

I am delighted to be conducting[!] a new Oratorio for choir and ensemble at Newcastle University this Thursday the 1st November. It has been specially composed as part of a large European research project of which I am a part called CoHere. Please do come along, the concert on the 1st is free and we will … Continue reading New Performance ‘Rivers of our Being’ Folk Oratorio, November 1st 2018, Newcastle University

David McGuinness Research Seminar, 3rd October, 4pm

  I'm delighted to say that Dr David McGuinness from the University of Glasgow will be speaking at the International Centre for Music Studies on Wednesday the 3rd October, at 4pm in the Armstrong Building on:   Bass culture in Scottish fiddle music from 1750   Writers in pop songwriting teams can find themselves categorised … Continue reading David McGuinness Research Seminar, 3rd October, 4pm

Launch of Argyll and Bute Report: Traditional Music and the Creative Economy

After spending much of this year thinking, interviewing and writing about the creative economy for traditional music in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, I am delighted to announce that Dr Jasmine Hornabrook and I have launched our final report. Please do go and read it, there are numerous recommendations based on our fieldwork and survey of … Continue reading Launch of Argyll and Bute Report: Traditional Music and the Creative Economy

Come to launch of new report 2nd October, Ardfern, Argyll

After an exciting year of research on the creative economy in Argyll and Bute, we (Dr Simon McKerrell and Dr Jasmine Hornabrook) will be launching the final report and recommendations at Craignish Village Hall in Ardfern, Argyll and Bute.   For more information, see: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/musicinargyll/  To RSVP, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/report-launch-traditionalmusic-the-rural-creative-economy-in-argyll-tickets-49648715645

One-day Ethnomusicology AND Policy conference, 2015.

British Forum for Ethnomusicology One-day Conference 2015  Final Programme is available here for download ‘Ethnomusicology and Policy’ International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS), Newcastle University. Date: Saturday 31st October 2015     Ethnomusicology holds an extended and substantial history of engagement with, and contribution to, public policy. This conference acknowledges that history, and points to … Continue reading One-day Ethnomusicology AND Policy conference, 2015.

Short turnaround Postgraduate Bursary Newcastle Uni

We have recently received funds to support an outstanding student at postgraduate level--please do pass this on to anyone you think might benefit from studying with us at Newcastle University: Deadline 7th September 2018!   Elsie Jeffery Memorial Bursary for Masters study at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University   VALUE OF AWARD … Continue reading Short turnaround Postgraduate Bursary Newcastle Uni

Banjo Gathering CfP

THE BANJO GATHERING 1998-2018 The 20th Anniversary Banjo Gathering Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol, Virginia Thursday, November 1 - Sunday, November 4, 2018 We are delighted to announce that the 20th Anniversary Banjo Gathering will take place at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia, on November 1 to 4, 2018. Since 1998, … Continue reading Banjo Gathering CfP

Long term project outputs page published USM

I have moved all the basic information from the Understanding Scotland Musically AHRC Early Career Fellowship Pages, over to this site now, it is available: Understanding Scotland Musically AHRC Research Project page This includes the output summary and the basic findings from the research survey which are now available for the long term on this … Continue reading Long term project outputs page published USM

New Book out now!

Finally after a long process, my new book with Gary West is out! https://www.routledge.com/Understanding-Scotland-Musically-Folk-Tradition-and-Policy/McKerrell-West/p/book/9781138205222 The book came initially out of the 2014 conference we ran here at Newcastle University--Understanding Scotland Musically, supported by the AHRC. The final book has 19 chapters with some great contributions: 1 Understanding Scotland Musically Simon McKerrell & Gary West   … Continue reading New Book out now!